- violent or furious (esp in the phrase tearing hurry or rush)
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Pathology, Physiologyshedding tears.
Old English tæherende (not recorded in Middle English);
see tear1, -ing2
violent or hasty:with tearing speed.
- tear2 + -ing2 1600–10
- Physiologya drop of salty, watery fluid produced by glands around the eyelid:Tears wash away dirt and dust in the eye.
- Physiologya drop of this fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, esp. grief, pain, or sadness:Tears flowed down his face during the funeral.
- tears, [plural] an act of weeping:She burst into tears.
v. [no object]
- Idiomsin tears, weeping:I found her in tears.
tear•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est.
tear2 /tɛr/USA pronunciation v., tore, torn, tear•ing,n.
- to pull or pluck violently at:He tore at her sleeve, begging her to stay.
- to cause a feeling of distress, pain, or unhappiness; afflict:The grief tore at his heart.
- to pull down;
demolish: [~ + object + down]They're tearing the old library down.[~ + down + object]They're tearing down the old library.
- to discredit or show to be false: [~ + down + object]He tore down the theory that some races are more intelligent than others.[~ + object + down]The scientists were quick to tear that theory down.
- to tear into small shreds: [~ + up + object]He tore up the message.[~ + object + up]He tore the message up.
- to cancel or annul: [~ + up + object]to tear up a contract.[~ + object + up]to tear a contract up.
- a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glands
- something shaped like a hanging drop: a tear of amber
Also called (esp Brit): teardrop Etymology: Old English tēar, related to Old Frisian, Old Norse tār, Old High German zahar, Greek dakri
- to cause (material, paper, etc) to come apart or (of material, etc) to come apart; rip
- (transitive) to make (a hole or split) in (something)
- (intransitive) often followed by along: to hurry or rush
- (tr; usually followed by away or from) to remove or take by force
- when intr, often followed by at: to cause pain, distress, or anguish (to)
- tear one's hair ⇒ informal to be angry, frustrated, very worried, etc
- a hole, cut, or split
- the act of tearing
See also tear away, tear downEtymology: Old English teran; related to Old Saxon terian, Gothic gatairan to destroy, Old High German zeran to destroy
ˈtearable adj ˈtearer n